The Berry Prairie Blog

Native Biodiversity in a Rooftop Landscape

Apr 26, 2012, 5:27 PM
The Berry Center welcomes anyone to come explore our green roof, which is better known as the Berry Prairie. In the spirit of Lumiere and Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, this post is constructed to show you just how welcome you are!
Apr 13, 2012, 6:11 PM
The sentinels of spring, the first set of flowers to bloom on the Berry Prairie, the indicators that, at the very least, not everything died on the green roof over the winter. There are three and a half species in bloom right now on the Berry Center's awakening green roof. Below is a pictorial guide to their happy existence, a Glamour Shots of sorts, with less hairspray and awkward clothing, and more natural beauty.
Apr 11, 2012, 7:31 PM
Why are some grasses (like the lawn) greening up quickly, while others (like the prairie) are slower? You may have heard of warm season versus cool season grasses. Cool season grasses are greening quickly right now, while the warm season grasses wait for higher temperatures. Cool season grasses grow well when moisture is abundant in the early spring, even though the lower temperatures reduce the rate of metabolism (the process of turning CO2 and sunlight into energy)